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What topics can I ask about here?

Ask Different is for users of Apple products. If you have a question about a practical problem you are trying to solve as a user of...

  • Apple hardware
  • Apple software
  • Apple services including iTunes Connect (selling music, books, apps)
  • third-party hardware, services and software when associated for use with Apple products.

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

However, a few exceptions to the general scope exist. Please refrain from asking about the following topics as questions with these core subjects are generally closed or deleted:

  • Asking how/why Apple does <some thing XYZ>
  • Pre-release hardware
  • Obtaining or using pirated software or media (ref: legal)
  • Installing or using Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware (and most other explicitly unlicensed use of product)
  • Code-level programming questions (cocoa, LLVM, etc…) are off-topic here. We do encourage AppleScript, Automator, and UNIX shell scripting questions as well as how to use tools like Xcode for non-language specific tasks.
  • Shopping or buying recommendations. Questions that are mainly about price/time/supply constraints are considered "shopping" questions.
  • Customer Support and questions about the particulars of specific games, such as game account or in-app purchase issues, should be directed to support staff. (ref: Customer Support)

Public complaints and specific questions about what Apple [did|does|thinks|might do] are not helpful in a Q&A setting since they lack a practical problem to be solved.

If you have questions about these policies, our Ask Different Meta site is a great place to discuss the scope of your question. We also do have a chat room for more free-form and/or opinionated discussions.

For more help, see "What types of questions should I avoid asking?"

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

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